Fire at illegal Taipei nursing home leaves 2 dead, 1 critical

Taipei,  A fire at an unlicensed “nursing home” in the Neihu District of Taipei City Tuesday resulted in the death of two residents and left another in critical condition, according to the Taipei City Fire Department.

The department was alerted about the fire on Section 1, Kangning Road at 2:38 p.m. and immediately dispatched 60 personnel and 29 vehicles, including 11 water tank trucks and 10 ambulances, to the scene, department officials said.

On arriving firefighters found the premises, which occupied the first floor and basement of a four-story residential building, locked with no sign of any care home staff.

Wang Cheng-hsiung (王證雄) from the Fire Department said three bed-ridden seniors were found in adjacent beds on the first floor after fire fighters were forced to cut through the locked rolling steel front entrance of the building.

The men, aged 59, 69 and 70, respectively, were rushed to two nearby hospitals, firefighters said, adding that the three had no vital signs at the scene.

Two of the men were later pronounced dead at the hospital, while the third who reportedly suffered burns over 80 percent of his body, was resuscitated.

An initial investigation suggested the fire started on the first floor, Wang said, but the department continues to probe the cause of the blaze.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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